GALATOIRE’S 33 BAR AND STEAK TO WRITE NEXT CHAPTER IN GALATOIRE’S STORIED HISTORY
Coming to life in a restored historic building on one of the world’s most famous streets, New Orleans’ next great tradition is born with Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak, the newest addition to the Galatoire’s family.
Slated to open Wednesday, April 10, Galatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak will occupy the first floor of 215 Bourbon Street, a three-story building previously owned by the Randon family of New Orleans for more than 100 years. Purchased and restored by the Galatoire’s ownership group, 215 Bourbon Street has revived the unique pleasure of being able to fully experience a historic French Quarter building through Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak and the elegant spaces on the second and third floors. Each part expresses timeless tenets in new and different ways, offering a sophisticated dining and drinking atmosphere for enjoying the finest cocktails and traditional steakhouse fare, and special occasion spaces crafted in the best aspects of Galatoire’s legendary traditions.
“It is a great time to come to Galatoire’s,” said Todd Trosclair, chairman of Galatoire’s board. “More than 108 years ago, Jean Galatoire laid a foundation for the traditions that Galatoire’s is known for today across the globe. We approached the creation of 33 Bar & Steak and the exclusive private dining spaces here in ways that embrace the celebrations and daily occasions that make dining at Galatoire’s the singular experience it is. From the custom arched bar to the 19th century maps of Louisiana on the walls, 33 Bar & Steak merges the traditional and the new, offering one of the finest dining experiences in New Orleans.”
Why “33”? During the restoration of the property at 215 Bourbon Street, a piece of the building’s history was uncovered. Artisans discovered a faded marker of “33” on a post in front of the building, covered by more than a century of paint. It was soon discovered that “33” was the address of the building before an 1893 standardization of the municipal address system in New Orleans. Similarly during this time, 31 Bourbon Street housed Victor’s Restaurant, which became 209 Bourbon and ultimately the location of Galatoire’s in 1905.
The old address and architectural detailing uncovered during the restoration process became a symbol of the building’s resiliency for more than a century.
Built about 1878, 215 Bourbon is described by the Vieux Carré Commission as having local architectural significance. The elaborate cast iron railings and columns framing its full-depth galleries are likely original to the building, as is the mansard roof, a rarity in New Orleans. The ground level is notable for a series of three arches – a larger one in the center and a smaller one on each side of it – framed by detailed cast iron pilasters with squared Corinthian capitals.
Vacant for seven years, Murray Architects and Baron Construction worked for six months to restore this historic building from top to bottom. The building has been structurally reinforced, had its masonry walls repaired, and been outfitted with all new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Non-original metal windows have been replaced and original French doors restored.
“The Galatoire’s tradition of unrivaled menu items and service will continue at Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak, with a touch of new tradition and its own history,” said Trosclair. “The restored property at 215 Bourbon is fulfilling what may have been the building’s destiny all along, joining Galatoire’s as another premier destination for fine dining and drink, memorable celebrations and intimate gatherings.”
Jeanne Barousse Designs spearheaded all of the design selections for the restoration of this 12,000-square-foot building, using Galatoire’s as the inspiration for this impressive new space by drawing on the attributes of the grand dame at 209 Bourbon that patrons admire. At the same time, creating a style that allows 215 Bourbon Street to develop its own identity as well.
Jeanne Barousse, owner of Jeanne Barousse Designs, grew up celebrating every birthday and family occasion at Galatoire’s, similar to generations of New Orleanians. Her lifelong relationship with Galatoire’s tradition is seen throughout the design of 215 Bourbon Street.
As guests enter Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak from Bourbon Street, they are welcomed into a foyer with a stair on the right and entry to the bar ahead of them. Outfitted with a tile floor inspired by the floor in the Galatoire’s infamous first floor dining room and a stamped metal ceiling similar to the pressed tin awning over the entrance to Galatoire’s, the bar is elegantly furnished with leather sofas, chairs and white marble top tables, all hand selected by Barousse and reminiscent of a classic French bar.
The custom-built arched bar is an inviting spot for patrons to sip classic, hand-crafted cocktails, the finest wines and spirits, whether they stop in for a short visit or comfortable stay. With a Sazerac, Old Fashioned or Brandy Milk Punch in hand, guests can enjoy the soulful sounds of a piano player in the bar and watch revelers stroll down Bourbon Street through the large glass windows at the entrance of 33. When the mood strikes, they can order a USDA prime steak or veal chop from the 33 Bar & Steak menu or enjoy lighter fare from a special bar menu.
For the dining room at 33 Bar & Steak, Barousse chose wood flooring, iron and crystal chandeliers, leather upholstery and a series of wall-mounted vintage maps to underscore the sophisticated atmosphere. Complementing the finely appointed finishings and furnishings is a dark green, gold and deep chocolate color scheme, creating a luxurious and comfortable space for enjoying good conversation and good food.
“Lent could not have ended any sooner. We have received calls about the opening of 33 Bar & Steak for weeks. If the popularity of our private dining and event spaces on the second and third floors is any indication, tables in the bar and steakhouse will be in high demand,” said Trosclair. “The galleries overlooking Bourbon Street on the second and third floors combined with the luxury and fine dining of Galatoire’s are unparalleled experiences in the French Quarter. On the second floor, we are hosting events that embrace the energy and grandeur of the first floor of Galatoire’s. Whereas the third floor Wine Room hosts more intimate gatherings for the most special occasions.”
The second floor of 215 provides more than 2,000 square feet of space for hosting private parties and can be accessed via an elevator tucked into the bar or by stairs from the foyer or street.
Galatoire’s will continue to host private events upstairs at 209, but the second floor of 215 can accommodate gatherings of as many as 250 guests in one room, something that wasn’t possible before. It also offers access to the gallery overlooking Bourbon Street, another experience that guests have not had access to in the past. The private dining room has been appointed by Barousse with tasteful carpet in a floral pattern, the better to reduce noise and to encourage conversation. Walls are not painted or papered, but feature fine upholstery of hand-screened, cotton twill in a silver and gold damask pattern. Window treatments are edged in bands of embroidery in a Greek Key pattern, a nod to floor tile patterns at 209. Scaled brass chandeliers, shaded brass wall sconces and an alabaster pendant provide soft lighting. Wood wainscoting contributes an extra element of luxe to the environment.
The third floor of the building is home to a smaller private dining area for intimate events. Barousse’s design evokes a European atmosphere underscored by diamond-patterned wall paper and an antique cypress mantle. Furnished with a French walnut dining table that can expand to seat as many as 18 guests at a sit-down affair, the room is distinguished by custom-built, mahogany-stained wine storage units and dark wood wainscoting. The gallery outside offers additional room for whatever the mood of the event dictates.
The features selected by Barousse for the 33 Bar & Steak dining room give embrace a classic steakhouse feel in the Galatoire’s tradition. The menu will showcase classic steakhouse offerings to match. The Gouté “33,” Horseradish Crusted Bone Marrow and Deviled Eggs with crab ravigote and smoked trout, are the start to a memorable meal. Guests can also choose the Lobster Chop Salad with a jalapeno tarragon dressing or a classic Iceberg Wedge.
Patrons can select from traditional USDA prime cuts, including New York strip, ribeye and T-bone, or certified Black Angus filets. Other house specialties include the veal rib chop, house smoked pork chop, Beef Wellington, Lobster Thermidor and Steamed Lobster with Meuniere. Then they can complement each dish with a selection of au gratins, including crabmeat, cauliflower, broccoli or peas and mushrooms. Select from classic potato and vegetable preparations, including hash browns, bacon and onions, cherry peppers, Brussels sprouts or brown butter mushrooms – all served family style for everyone to enjoy.
While the legendary first floor dining room at Galatoire’s and its “first come, first served” seating policy remains untouched, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak will accept reservations. Guests may call 504-525-2021 to reserve a table or to learn more about hosting a private event with Galatoire’s.
The bar at Galatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak is open at 11 a.m., seven days a week. The dining room will open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will also open for lunch on Fridays at 11 a.m.
A national dining institution, Galatoire’s in New Orleans, was honored with the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant in 2005 and named as one of New Orleans’ Top 10 Restaurants in 2012. Saveur also named Galatoire’s Friday Lunch one of its “25 Greatest Meals Ever,” while Bon Appetit magazine has recognized Galatoire’s as one of the nation’s “Top Celebration Restaurants.” Galatoire’s has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year from 2007 to 2010, and from 2011 to 2012 achieved the Best of Award of Excellence for its wine list.